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Mark SBD  |  Sep 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Laser Quest

Making use of the clever Simon Hope laser kit hollowing system, Les Thorne turns a vase in English yew before adding texture to the outside and an ebony insert to create contrast

Mark SBD  |  Aug 29, 2017  |  0 comments

Brown Burr Oak Bowl – Man V Bowl

Les Thorne decides to do battle with a piece of brown burr oak and the end result is certainly striking, not to mention functional

Mark SBD  |  Aug 09, 2017  |  0 comments

Hats off!

Calling upon past experiences and demonstrations at clubs, Andrew Hall shares the secrets behind the making of one of his small signature turned hats

Mark SBD  |  Jul 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Pens – Thinking Outside the Boxiness

James Trimble suggests some great tips for turning pens and takes you through the process of turning your own nonconformist version

Mark SBD  |  Jun 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Large vase on a small lathe

Owning a small lathe doesn’t have to limit the size of project you turn. Here, Les Thorne offers a clever solution that will allow you to make a large vase in two parts.

Matthew Smith  |  Sep 23, 2011  |  0 comments
In this video series, Les Thorne takes you through the simple steps in creating this bowl turned from ash.
Matthew Smith  |  Sep 22, 2011  |  0 comments
Les creates a chucking point and shapes the outside of the bowl using pull and push cuts before cleaning up the finish.
Matthew Smith  |  Sep 21, 2011  |  0 comments
Les works the finish with an arbitech saw before lightly burning the surface and sanding off.
Priti Goodall  |  Sep 20, 2011  |  0 comments
Les turns the inside of the bowl and then uses the arbitech saw and blowtorch to add the same finish as the outside of the bowl before spraying the finish with a lacquer.
Priti Goodall  |  Sep 19, 2011  |  0 comments
Les sands down the rough edges before staining the bowl with some coloured spirits.
The Woodworker  |  Sep 17, 2011  |  0 comments
The final episode sees Les demonstrate several techniques on how to turn the centre of the bowl before fielding a few Q&As from the audience.
Alan Holtham  |  Mar 24, 2008  |  0 comments
  It’s a bit obvious, but the fi rst thing a woodturner needs is a lathe. It’s actually the world’s oldest ‘power tool’ – see the panel (left) for a bit of history. As you begin to investigate what’s available, you’ll soon discover that there’s a bewildering choice of models, with very different specifi cations and prices, and it’s very easy to become confused about exactly what…

Alan Holtham  |  Mar 23, 2008  |  0 comments
If you’re a confused newcomer to woodturning, the sheer variety and cost of the necessary tools may all seem a little off-putting, particularly if you’ve shelled out most of your budget on the lathe itself. However, don’t let this dishearten you. As with a lot of hobbies, woodturning can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it, and you can actually turn quite advanced work with no more than a basic toolkit Five or…

Alan Holtham  |  Mar 22, 2008  |  0 comments
Once you’ve bought your lathe and some basic tools, the next consideration is how you are going to grip the work securely enough to allow it to be turned safely. In fact, holding the work is more than half the battle in woodturning, and with experience you’ll soon develop a range of different strategies to suit the item being made and your particular way of working

Holding spindles is relatively easy, as these are just held…

Ralph Harvey  |  Feb 23, 2008  |  0 comments

1. To turn the ball you will need a piece of timber the size of the required ball plus 2mm X diameter plus 20 – 30mm. (picture 76) & a template to the required radius of the ball

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